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Upgrade from GTX 480 to GTX 770 - Worth it?

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July 17, 2013 12:23:27 AM

I currently have an EVGA GTX 480 in the following system:

Core i7-930 @ 4.0GHz
ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard
12GB G.Skill RAM @ ~1600mhz
Corsair Force SSD for gaming
850W Corsair PSU

In your opinion, would it be worth my while to upgrade to a 770? My reason for considering the upgrade is that I've recently run into some difficulty running Bioshock Infinite at the settings that I would have liked. Geforce Experience recommended that I play it in 720p, which is a big no-no for me, as I use a 1080p projector with a 106" screen for any controller-enabled games. I couldn't find a satisfactory balance between performance and visual quality. I feel like for my preferences, my card is just starting to show its age.

So before I drag this out any longer, I would just love to know anyone's opinions on the performance differences between these cards, and whether you believe I would be satisfied. Would I be able to max out Bioshock Infinite and most modern games with a 770? This would be a quite significant jump in performance, right?

Also, a few auxiliary questions if you don't mind:

Would my CPU potentially be a bottleneck, or am I still just fine with a 4.0GHz i7-930? (It's a few generations old now.)

Should I spend the extra money on the 4GB version?

What do you think my 480 would be worth if I were to sell it? (I got it about a year ago via RMA.)

Thank-you very much for your time!

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July 17, 2013 12:34:13 AM

of course it's a VERY GOOD and WORTHY upgrade.. you can max all games with a gtx 770 in your rig. take a look at this:
http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=881&gid2=3...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_770_b...

you still have a very capable CPU, even at stock, it would won't bottleneck a gtx 770 :) 
for the price, i think you can sell it at about $130-190
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July 17, 2013 12:59:54 AM

Aeronautics said:
of course it's a VERY GOOD and WORTHY upgrade.. you can max all games with a gtx 770 in your rig. take a look at this:
http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=881&gid2=3...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_770_b...

you still have a very capable CPU, even at stock, it would won't bottleneck a gtx 770 :) 
for the price, i think you can sell it at about $130-190


Thanks, that was very informative! What do you think about the possibility of spending the extra money on the 4GB version?
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July 17, 2013 1:02:45 AM

Loder333 said:
Aeronautics said:
of course it's a VERY GOOD and WORTHY upgrade.. you can max all games with a gtx 770 in your rig. take a look at this:
http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=881&gid2=3...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_770_b...

you still have a very capable CPU, even at stock, it would won't bottleneck a gtx 770 :) 
for the price, i think you can sell it at about $130-190


Thanks, that was very informative! What do you think about the possibility of spending the extra money on the 4GB version?


IMHO, 4GB VRAM is not a necessity for NOW.... "for NOW"... but if you can do afford it, go for it. I always tell people to go buy the best that they can. You might need it in the future but for now, 2-3GB VRAM is very enough.
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July 17, 2013 1:03:34 AM

+1 to Aeronautics about the CPU - it's an excellent CPU. People don't realise just how little progress Intel has made in gaming performance since Nehalem in 2008 (original first-gen i7). For performance gain, it'll deliver around 2/3 (67%) better framerates.
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July 17, 2013 1:06:27 AM

it's still an I7 no matter what, it might not be the best nowadays but it will still beat any AMD processors in the market, any I3 processor of any generation and some i5s.
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July 17, 2013 1:06:37 AM

I think that your Video Card is already very good.
Obviously the 770 is better, but why not keeping the money until your vga is clearly unable to fullfil your gaming wills?
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July 17, 2013 1:11:09 AM

I do agree the GTX480 is a very capable card. Modern equivalent is a GTX650 Ti Boost or Radeon 7850. Bioshock shouldn't be any problem, it's not even a demanding game. I'd ignore that stupid nVIDIA Experience (I never use mine).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_7...
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July 17, 2013 1:14:59 AM

One would think that it wouldn't have any trouble running Bioshock Infinite, but alas, I really had to tune down the settings to keep it at 60fps. I'm very particular about having 60fps at all times, and you can really notice the difference when you start turning down quality settings when your screen is 106 inches.

Thanks for the answers, everyone. I'm feeling really good about this upgrade.
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July 17, 2013 1:22:30 AM

Fair enough :-) Enjoy your purchase!
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